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G.O.B.'s Cajun Meat loaf with Creole Red sauce

Ok we go again. I had some left over pumpkins left over from Halloween said

Are you ready to have some fun ? Friends say "if it takes longer to cook then it does to eat its not worth it" (as they pull themselves up to my table 😎 ) these are the veggies for this meal...and yes, you will use them carrots and 6 cloves garlic smashed that i forgot to have in this but you'll see later

Spray up a sheet of foil or parchment (I like foil here, parchment later) and place them cut face down and bake'm at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes until they look all screwed up and soft, you'll know when ya see'm and touch'm

Chop all the veggies except the green onions into 1/4" pieces , separate them each by half as half are for the loaf and half for the sauce (yup, same shit in each even the garlic)

Here we have about 2 1/2lb lean ground beef (85% or better) and about 1lb Andouille sausage I made up the other day

Squeeze'm til ya get most of the juice out, they have some just use your own judgement

In a large pan over medium heat take about 2 tbsp butter, melt it and add half the veggies

Once ya squeezed it all get one cup full and set aside for the cake batter and the other 1/2 to 3/4 cup left is for the cream cheese.

Sautee til the onions are sort of translucent

Take a cup of pecans (or what ever damn nuts you want...and no, not those nuts either) and bake'm at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until they brown a bit and ya can smell'm

Remove the veggies to a plate to cool, wipe the pan out and add 3 tbsp butter and 3 tbsp flour, simmer stirring constantly til you get a nice deep nutty butterscotch brown to it

Normally id do my own tomatoes but easy-peasy is a 28oz can of Ro-tel diced and the juice with a 28oz can of tomato puree.

Next add the rest of the veggies, 1 tbsp pepper, 1 tsp garlic salt, 2 tsp cayenne and 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning (I like making my own)

Let the mix simmer to get all happy then add in an 8oz pack of mushrooms, simmer another half hour then add an 11.5oz can of V* to thin it a bit (its also better than just tomato)

After you stir in the shrooms, I added a couple had fulls of carrots, aside from adding a bit of sweetness to the pot they make an awesome side to the loaf.

Now is when we get our hands dirty...I picked up some extra thick sliced bread and soaked in about 3/4 of a cup into these three slices, let set to really absorb

Once absorbed, cube them in like 1/2" cubes

Scramble up two jumbo eggs

In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, bread cubes, meat, 1 tbsp pepper, 1 tsp salt, 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning and 1 tbsp Cayenne (spicy but not that hot) and mix it all together good.

For the smoker I take a wire rack, wrap aluminum foil on it and make slits for the fat to drain through

Now transfer the meat to the rack and form a loaf

Now here we have some Man-Cave Engineering at its best (I gotta invent something for this) We all know that unless you have it in a pan it will sag as it warms so...Tongs and spatula to the (actually worked good)

I smoked it to an IT of 125 and removed theutensilss as it was set enough

At the 125 mark is when i also coated it with a liberal amount of the sauce and back in the smoke it went but cranked the temp to 375 ball park...just under 400

I brought the IT to 150 as the sauce set in beautifully, removed from the smoker and rested about 20 minutes to let everything settle back in before slicing.

And this is what the green onions were for... "Dinner time"...this is sooo moist and tender...this is NOT Mom's meatloaf ...Enjoy

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